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A Curly Girl’s Guide to Temporary Hair Color

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Hey besties, it’s your Internet BFF, Kaylannk here! Let’s talk temporary hair color. 

Have you ever craved a new look and thought about trying color? I have and I am always, immediately, brought back to reality by the commitment of permanent dye. And that’s where temporary hair dye comes in. But let’s be real, applying dye to natural hair can be a whole different ball game. Fear not, I’m here to guide you through using temporary hair dye on natural hair with tips and tricks for the perfect look.



Why I Like Temporary Hair Color?

Using temporary hair color on natural hair is the perfect way to try a new color on your hair. It is an easy, affordable way to experiment with color without damaging your hair. It can be applied at home and easily rinsed out with shampoo and water. Plus, temporary hair color does not contain harsh chemicals that can alter your curl pattern, cause hair breakage, or lead to long term hair dryness.

4 Types of Temporary Hair Color

1. Spray: Spray is the easiest type of temporary hair color to use. To apply the spray, spray it onto your hair and let it dry. Spray does not last as long as other types of temporary hair color.

2. Chalk: Chalk is another easy-to-use option. To apply the chalk, run the chalk onto the section of the hair to make highlights or streaks into the hair. Chalk has a messy application and can transfer to your clothes.

3. Hair Wax: Hair wax is more difficult to apply than spray or chalk because its application requires strategy. To apply hair wax, dip your fingers into the wax and apply the product to your hair as you would a hair gel. Hair wax lasts longer, leaves a vibrant color, and is less likely to transfer. 


4. Gel: Gel is the most long-lasting type of temporary hair color. Gel is the most difficult to apply and can be messy. To apply hair wax, dip your fingers into the wax and apply the product to your hair as you would a hair gel. Also, when it dries on it can leave the hair crunchy.

My Temporary Hair Color Picks:

  • Curlsmith Hair Makeup: This gel-based formula has rich color, defines your curls, and it’s vegan.
  • Manic Panic Classic Temporary Hair Cream: If you love vibrant colors, Manic Panic is your holy grail. This vibrant, long-lasting formula works best on pre-lightened hair, transforming your locks into any color.
  • As I Am Curl Color: This gel-based formula is a buildable while simultaneously defining and moisturizing your curls.
  • Hally Shade Stix: These shade stix are super easy to use, glide smoothly onto strands, and leave behind vibrant streaks of color.

How to Apply Temporary Hair Color to Natural Hair?

  1. Prep is key: Start with clean, detangled hair. Apply a leave-in conditioner or curl cream to prevent the dye from drying out your strands.
  2. Sectioning is your friend: Divide your hair into small sections for even application. This is especially important for those tighter curl patterns.
  3. Work with the curl, not against it: Apply the dye by following the direction of your natural curl. This will help prevent patchy streaks.
  4. Less is more: Start with a light touch and build up the color gradually. You can always add more, but taking away is tricky.
  5. Embrace the air dry: Heat styling can dull the color and damage your curls. Let your hair air dry whenever possible or use a diffuser on the lowest heat setting.

Tips for Using Temporary Hair Color on Natural Hair

  • Test a strand: Before dyeing your whole head, do a strand test on a hidden section to make sure you like the color, and it doesn’t react with your hair.
  • Protect your skin: Apply petroleum jelly around your hairline to prevent staining.
  • Wear gloves: Especially when using hair chalks so the pigment does not stick to your fingers.
  • Embrace the temporary: Temporary hair dye is a fun way to experiment without commitment. So have fun and play with color.

How to Remove Temporary Hair Color from Natural Hair?

To remove temporary hair color from natural hair, simply wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo. After shampooing and conditioning the hair, be sure to deep condition the hair for a moisturizing treatment after stripping it of the oils with the shampoo and temporary hair color.

Remember, curly hair is versatile.

Written with lots of care, 


Your Internet BFF

P.S. Share your tips for using temporary color on natural hair in the comments below.


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